Australian pacers Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are likely to make their long-awaited returns from injury to action in the JLT One-Day Cup for their home state New South Wales against Queensland on October 1, 2018.
However, the duo already returned to the field in their grade match with a bang, as Hazlewood opened his account with 1 for 30 from eight overs for St George against David Warner's Randwick-Petersham on Saturday (September 22), while Cummins, who took 2 for 12 from six overs and scored 24 for Penrith, is also expected to have regained complete fitness.
Both Hazlewood and Cummins have been out of action with back injuries since March-April when they last played for Australia against South Africa in the fourth Test.
As per reports in ICC’s official website, Hazlewood said, “I've been bowling a lot in the nets a couple of times a week and it's obviously different out in the middle. I feel like I went pretty well. I hit my length nicely and I felt like there was a bit of pace there on occasion.”
He added, “I guess it's just about getting back into NSW stuff now and moving on from there. It (50 overs) is a long time on the legs. Fielding is one thing you can't replicate in training, so it was good to get out there.”
With the fitness issue, the duo were also ruled out of Australia's two-match Test series against Pakistan, which starts on October 7 in the United Arab Emirates.